Excerpt from Chapter 12, Restoring Peace

The book answers the question, “How does restitution work?”

"Restitution is the 'proof of the pudding.' It’s the action that demonstrates that you really have accepted responsibility, acknowledged accountability, and decided to do something about your offense of another. When you make restitution you do what you can to be fair with those to whom you are accountable. An offender at the Kyle unit explained it this way: 'I’ve really done some bad things. In the future, I will be an asset to my city, state, country, and society. I will be a good father to my daughter.' If he does what he promised, he will make restitution."

"Thus, restitution normally is an action that follows true repentance. Another way to look at restitution is to consider it an effort to reduce the “net” hurt. Businesses consider their net profits or losses as the total profit minus certain expenses. Similarly, an offender can cause a smaller net hurt by providing restitution-it is a help that subtracts from the total hurt the offender has imposed on a victim."


Read more about Restoring Peace, the book used in the Bridges to Life curriculum.

Excerpts from the book include:

Seeing confession as the first step toward restitution.

A discussion of the importance of repentance.

A discussion of the importance of forgiveness.

Seeing how reconciliation precedes restitution.

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